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My Plants! (photos)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Here are some pictures from around the house of my plants








My mini herb garden is starting to get some sprouts, but the herbs I planted in the pots haven't started to grow yet.


And, what better way to spend a day than with my topless Jeep and bike?

  
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ERIN1957 6/13/2012 9:39AM

    awesome...healthy all the way around, good luck with all.

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BILL60 6/11/2012 8:30AM

    Plants.....OK, bike hanging from the back of the Jeep.......Priceless.

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ANDYLIN90 6/11/2012 4:18AM

    Loved looking at your GREEN plants and flowers. I live in the desert, so seeing green was just great.

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On Being Lazy...

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Yes, I admit, I was lazy today. I didn't cook a good lunch and dinner to bring to work. Instead, I relied on a frozen Healthy Choice meal (Honey Balsamic Chicken) and it was alright. Was it the best thing for me to eat? Probably not. Was it the worst thing for me to eat? Not by a long shot. So, I felt ok with that choice. On the plus side, it was very delicious!

I also threw some turkey lunch meat in a bag, and I will have that with an apple and a cheese stick for a meal too. Again, not the worst thing, but not the best either.

I had a really hard time getting going today. I didn't make it to the gym, but I am ok with that. Hopefully if the weather holds, my boyfriend and I will be going for a bike ride tomorrow. If the weather sucks, then I will be heading to the gym.

Friday, the 15th, I am to meet with a personal trainer at 5pm. I want to go to my parents house for Father's day. I guess my boyfriend and I will go after my personal training meeting. We won't be having dinner with my parents though because that is too late for them to eat. Reasonably, I won't get done with PT until 6, then they live about an hour away...

So anyway, I don't really have a lot to say right now. I think that is all

  
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SPIRIT42013 6/9/2012 2:20AM

    Sounds like a plan! Tomorrow will be better! emoticon

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SUNSHINE99999 6/9/2012 12:22AM

  Blessings to you just the same.

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The Cake is NOT for Eating... (photos)

Thursday, June 07, 2012

My Boss' birthday is tomorrow, so we are having his party tonight at work. Lucky for me, we are not getting pizza (which is the usual protocol) but we are getting Subway. I don't think I will be having any, I have my own lunch I packed. Not a really big deal to me anyway, as I would rather have my quinoa and salsa.

It has been long standing that I am in charge of the cake. Usually, I buy one from the Walmart bakery, complete with a nifty decoration in the flavor of your choice. My Boss, while he likes those cakes, prefers Cherry Chip or Carrot cake. Now, I went to every grocery store in Roaring Spring, East Freedom, Duncansville and Altoona and could not find a Cherry Chip cake mix. In fact, I am pretty sure they stopped making them. I then went to PLAN B - which is Carrot Cake with whipped cream cheese icing.

BEHOLD!!



Of course, I made the cake, but I will not be eating it. Honestly, I don't really even care. I don't feel like I am missing out on anything. I really do hope it turns out well.

We are going to a BBQ with his friends next weekend, and we are supposed to bring a covered dish. Of course, the hostess asked me promptly if I would make a cake. Of course, I agreed. I think I will make an Orange Creamsicle cake. They always seem to go over well. I will write more about that, when the time comes however.

Last night's group was pretty awesome. The RD took us "grocery shopping" at a local supermarket. We went through each department and talked about things we should buy, we should only buy on occasion and things we should avoid at all costs. Most of the stuff I already knew, but it was really nice to get out and be with like minded people who all have the same goals in mind.

On another note... I have been thinking a lot about my boyfriend, and the things he eats. I don't try to push my lifestyle off on anyone. I do however, want my boyfriend to be healthy. It is hard because I guess I enable him to be unhealthy, but then again, if I didn't prepare his food, then he would just eat stuff worse.

For example here is what he will eat today

Breakfast: 4 pancakes made from heart smart bisquick using egg whites and skim milk - w/ at least 4 tablespoons of REAL butter and maybe 1/2 cup of regular syrup.

Lunch - 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made with 2 slices of white bread, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of jelly. I know because I made these myself. With that, he will have 3 servings of wheat thin crackers. T

Dinner - 2 regular hot dogs on 2 regular white rolls w/ bbq potato chips and a klondike bar

He hates fruit - he will only eat apples, and then only if they are in pie. He doesn't really eat veggies unless they are with a meal, and then they are only limited to salad, raw carrots, green beans, corn and peas.

The good news is.. he gave up the Mt. Dew, and now drinks plain water, or Crystal Light packets.

I just want him to be healthy. I was hoping that once he saw me being successful, he would want to join in the fun.

*** SIGH ***

Well anyway, Leroy says "Hai Spark! Thanks for helping my Mommy get healthy!!"

  
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AMANDASHRINKING 6/8/2012 9:52AM

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BILL60 6/8/2012 9:10AM

    You must be from Iowa. I remember Altoona from last year's RAGBRAI. The very best to you and your boyfriend.

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OOLALA53 6/7/2012 3:39PM

    Stay on your own foundation. No one could tell us when was the right time to focus on eating differently. Is your boyfriend actually unhealthy? Even if he is, it's up to him, though I think I'd involve him in food prep more.

That is something that you bake but don't eat cake. However, a lot of people think I'm being so 'good" by not eating sweets on weekdays, but I don't care, really. If a dessert at work looks really good, I'll freeze a piece until the weekend. But I rarely bake. I can keep cookies and cake around, but I still overeat batter and dough. No biggie. I cook other things and buy sweets when needed. Or eat others' offerings! Wish I was going where there was Orange Creamsicle cake.

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BECKY3126 6/7/2012 3:16PM

    I agree with GOTTABEDONE. I think there are little ways that you can "sneak" healthier food in if you want him to eat better. I was doing that with my boyfriend and my kids so that they were still getting some actual nutrition from their food. Even if they think it tastes a little funny the first time, they usually end up liking it just fine the second or third. Or they never notice at all.
Luckily though, my kids and bf now eat what I eat for the most part. Everyone has pretty much gotten used to it and we splurge and eat some of the old stuff every now and then, just not nearly as often as we used to.

Good for you making a cake and being able to not eat it. I don't think I could do that. But I LOVE cake. LOVE.

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GOTTABEDONE 6/7/2012 2:45PM

    you cant change others only yourself. Now that being said would he notice if you put sugar free syrup in the regular bottle? How about getting the wonder bread white bread that at least has all the nutrients of whole wheat? Try making some turkey dogs with your regular dogs and see if he will try them, or slip him one by mistake (wink wink). Sure there are a lot of things you can't change but at least you can make his unhealthy eating as healthy as possible.

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GOLFGMA 6/7/2012 2:42PM

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Banana Soft Serve

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

I am totally in love with this stuff. I found the recipe on Spark, and decided to give it a try. It was fantastic!

Before I tried it, I ran it by my RD to get her approval. She thought it was an excellent idea and asked if she could share it with other patients.

I add a tablespoon of PB2 to it to make it extra yummy.

I have group tomorrow. I actually work, but my boss said I could use 1/2 of a vacation day to attend my support group. That works out for me because I still have 2 vacation days to use before July 22nd, and I already have a week scheduled this month, and a week scheduled next month, so I had those 2 days to use. It is actually really awesome, because with the way my schedule works, if I play it right, I can use 2 vacation days and get a week off! I work a rotating schedule. I work 2 days, I am off 3, then work 2, off 2 work 3 and so on. We do it that way so that each "team" can have every other weekend off. That is how I was able to use my vacation to cover all of my days off from surgery, and still have some left over. I have also been with the company for nine years, so I get 20 days to use.

Anyway, we are taking a field trip for group tomorrow. We are going to a local grocery store and learning how to shop. I think it will be very helpful and informative.

I volunteered at the Library today, and as usual, it was awesome. I am really enjoying my time there. I have volunteered a lot of days next week to help get ready for summer reading!

I think that is all for now!!

  
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SETAGOAL1 6/7/2012 8:55PM

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KMIRANDA2000 6/6/2012 10:27AM

    PS...love the frozen whipped bananas...they serve it in a local ice cream place near me...just frozen bananas...YUM!

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KMIRANDA2000 6/6/2012 10:25AM

    OK...did you undergo a name change as well? LOL

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Rewards...

Monday, June 04, 2012

I am trying to come up with a reward system. It is really hard... I used to reward myself for every 5 pounds lost, but now, if I do that I will go broke. So, I am trying to come up with something...

I tried quinoa for the first time tonight. I love it! The only thing I dislike about it is that it is very filling, and since it is very filling a little goes a very long way. I am the only one who eats it, soo...

I am very pleased that I lost 5 pounds this week. That really makes up for last week. I know that I worked very hard.

I have noticed that exercise is starting to get easier. Like I am not getting as winded as I was. The same goes for walking up stairs. I mean, I am still a klutz, and I don't think anything is ever going to change that, but I can't ask for everything!

I am going to volunteer at the library tomorrow, so I better get to bed.

That is all for now

  
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SPRINKLECHEZ 6/8/2012 9:53PM

    I am glad that you are rewarding yourself. We all need to remember that this is the "present" and is so aptly named because each day is a gift or a present. Enjoy yourself in whatever way you want, you have worked hard to get here, and tomorrow is only going to be another gift to be enjoyed. Have a great weekend. Hugs and Pickles - your friend,

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RADAZZLE 6/6/2012 12:00AM

    emoticon Nice feeling, isn't it, losing weight?!!! Keep up the good work!

I've started to actually work some rewards into what I'm doing. Like... I reward myself for exercising by allowing myself to watch a specific TV program (even if it's while I'm exercising). When it's nice weather, I'm going to make it a goal to take a walk at my nearby preserve and, when I've reached a specific point - maybe length of time walking, I will allow myself to find a spot to sit and read (just got a Kindle). You can do that type of thing, too. Take a bubble bath (or extra long shower) when you've eaten well for the day, and so on.

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BRIGHTEYES86 6/5/2012 7:33PM

    Play bingo with your friends!! :)

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DEBORAH-SIMS 6/5/2012 2:30AM

  Look for rewards that won't cost you anything or make it 10 pounds before you reward yourself. You don't have to buy a book or DVD when you can go to the library. They even have fitness videos at most libraries that you could try to reward yourself. If you want to learn something new you can check out a book to learn that. You can even check out a cookbook for dieters. Spending time with people doesn't cost money. You just need someone willing to spend it with you. I am sure if you wanted to have a game night for losing weight someone would be willing to do that, or if you wanted to have a party. Each person could bring one low calorie snack to share so you aren't making a lot of food. You can incorporate dancing or exercise as a theme even. People can bring there favorite dance or exercise video. Rewards can be anything that motivates you. It does not need to cost any money.

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